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Sex offender myth No. 156 redux

April 10, 2009 - 1:05 pm

So, I realized that in analyzing the sex offender map I downloaded from the Megan’s Law website, I got the 163 and 8 freeways mixed up. Indeed, there are more registered sex offenders living south of 8 than north. My point, though, is that they’re not concentrated in high-poverty parts of town. Here’s a better map:

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So, that would be Downtown, Normal Heights and University Heights that have the highest concentration. Should this be an issue for those neighborhoods? Something I pointed out in this article is that California’s sex-offender notification system doesn’t provide much information to anyone who wants to see if any S.O.’s are living in their neighborhood: you don’t know if the person is still on probation or parole, when his/her crimes were committed, whether he/she served jail time. Other states—some, not all—provide that information.

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